“I’d just die…”

unnamedWhen I read of the death of writer Florence King on January 6, I was reminded of what a mourner is supposed to have said at the funeral of Mark Twain: “Today is the first day you have made us sad.”

No doubt there were those who found Miss King’s offbeat, right-wing and politically incorrect humor offensive and infuriating. (By her own admission she was a misanthrope with opinions “slightly to the right of Vlad the Impaler.”) But there were many more, myself included, who found her side-splittingly funny. Continue reading “I’d just die…”

Fred Thompson, RIP

Fred_ThompsonFormer Senator Fred Thompson, who died Sunday at the age of 73, was one of the most colorful public figures of recent times. A politician, actor, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, and radio host, he was known to millions by his craggy visage and deep, gravely voice. Every time I saw him, I was reminded of what people once said of another prominent senator from our history, Daniel Webster: “He was a living lie, because no man could be as great as he looked.” Continue reading Fred Thompson, RIP